Hello dear friends,
I departed Tanzania on the 25th March after ensuring ALL of the children – even those in boarding school – had received their ‘Hot Dog with Tomato Sauce’ which is a ritual that I do for all the children when I both leave and return to Tanzania.
My first engagement to promote the book that I have written called A LIGHT IN AFRICA (which is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kindle for our American friends; and for the people living in the UK a button is available for local deliveries ) was at a lovely old church at Taunton in the South of England. There I met with John and his wife who had previously stayed at Torchbearer Co. Ltd. accommodation on Light in Africa’s fourteen acre site after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. John purchased 100 trees for our children’s homes which we were very pleased to receive.
Next stop was at Ludlow where I met some of my dear friends, and spoke at Immanuel Lutheran Church. It was so nice to meet everyone, and I thank most sincerely Reverend Philip Jepson and his wife Daphne and Pastor Eric Olson who hosted me, and a lovely lunch of salmon pancake with salad was prepared by Frieda, a great meal.
Then it was back to Grimsby to meet with my family and enjoy a Chinese meal at ‘The Landings’ which is owned by Mr. Young who is a Guinness book of record holder for the water colour painting that he did which is the longest watercolour in the world.
I then had a ‘huge’ shock as the aircraft door opened in Sioux City, USA and snow tumbled through the doorway. Snow!, I haven’t seen or felt it for over fourteen years and Lee Harding who was picking me up had to drive to his home in Akron in a ‘snow storm’, UUK! The only snow that I see is at the top of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and that is just fine with me. Having lived in Africa all these years I am now a ‘hot house’ weed.
I had a lovely time fellowshipping with many friends who are in the farming community of Akron that had been invited to Lee & Nicole's home. Special thanks to Elizabeth and Steve for the coffee and “ice-cream”. A Sunday morning service at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Elk Point, South Dakota, to meet with Gail from Hope Ministries who visited LIA in January with a medical team and who is bringing a further two more groups out in May / June to paint one of our homes and assist at our medical out-reach programs. Thanks to Pastor Erik Olson for his kind introduction.
Then it was off to California where Kelly Bennett the Publicist had arranged many TV & radio engagement for me to attend, least of all to be on her and Garry’s TV show.
Thank you to all the wonderful people of California who has hosted me to lunches and dinners and ‘bought the book’. I am looking to return to Tanzania on the 8th May, but before I do I wish to respond to a letter that I have received from Dr. Francisco Maldonado.
Light in Africa has the largest children’s home in the Kilimanjaro area, and we consider it our privilege to care for over 50 children who are carrying the HIV/AIDS virus. We were particularly saddened when we learned that the doctor who has being coming every month with his team for the last three years was leaving to go live in Swaziland,
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the wonderful medical care that Dr. Francisco Maldonado has given our children. Before he left he wrote the staff a letter which clearly explains some of the problems that we see on a daily basis.
Be the light in your corner of the world,
Warmest wishes, Mama Lynn